In his letter to the saints in Philippi, the Apostle Paul wrote with great affection and supplication in a genuine spirit of joy. Why? Simply put, because of the “partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” (Philippians 1:5) Paul was grateful, encouraged, and sustained in the partnership he shared with the believers in Philippi. It is particularly encouraging to read of Paul’s deep affection and unity with believers he rarely saw. This type of unity and affection is produced not because of proximity, prestige, or politics. Rather, unity of this significance is produced by purpose. As Paul notes, they have been bonded together because of partnership in the gospel. Partnership is a wonderful word within any general aspect of life, but, when applied to the gospel of Jesus Christ it forges into the supernatural. I pray that as a church we will remain committed to partnership in the gospel, for it will bond us together in ways that cannot be explained by human measures.
On that note, this month is an exciting month in the life of FBC Seminole. This is the month we enter into a gospel-centered partnership with Paul and Kristen Hoffman and KALEO Communities of Portland, Oregon. This is a new church plant in the great Pacific Northwest. We are excited to partner with the brothers and sisters of this young gospel community as they seek to reach a unique part of Portland with the love, purity, truth, and grace found only in Jesus Christ. You are not going to want to miss their upcoming visit and the activities we have planned for the weekend of Feb. 17-19, 2017. Paul and Kristen will be here in Seminole with their two children, Addison and Wesley. Please pray for a great weekend as we enter into this beautiful partnership. Look for a detailed schedule in this weeks worship guide.